Some call them water boys, while others call them ball boys or towel boys. Whatever they're called, the NFL values this position. These workers sit on the sidelines in the heat of the game, making sure players have plenty of water, towels and other essentials as they need them. If a player is injured, they may even help with bandages. But how much can you expect to make in this job?
Salary of a Towel Boy
Determining the salary of an NFL towel boy is tough, because the organization keeps the salaries of these employees under wraps. But NBA towel boys make in the $55,000 to $60,000 range, so it's safe to say their NFL counterparts aren't accepting minimum wage. In addition to the salary, towel boys get the privilege of interacting with their favorite players, although the novelty of that likely wears off after a few weeks of work.
The Job of a Towel Boy
The term "towel boy" can be a little misleading, because there's nothing in the rules stating that they must be male in gender. However, whoever accepts the job must be willing to abide by the rules outlined in the very lengthy NFL Rulebook. Players are only allowed to use one towel at a time while on the playing field, and that towel must be white and feature the approved branding. That means the towel boy must make sure to always have a fresh towel handy for each player coming off the field. In addition to always having towels handy, all crew must be identifiable on the field at all times. This means always wearing clothing that has been approved by the NFL for that game. They're also required to wear a visible credential with the word "Bench" clearly identifiable on it.
Getting a Job
If your big dream is standing on the sidelines of an NFL game, the first place to start is the NFL job listings page. Simply search "NFL jobs" and it will take you to the page. The NFL also offers internships that could provide you with a way in. Lastly, many towel boys earn a position by getting an "in" with someone who works with the team. If you live in the same area as your favorite NFL team, check LinkedIn and your personal social media pages to see if you might know someone who can make an introduction. Although it's doubtful you'll land a spot as team quarterback after a season as a towel boy, it can be a great way to network if you plan to study to become an athletic trainer or you want an administrative position in the organization.